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Uneasy Rider 

Randall seems unaffected by his cold father's death and rides an emotional roller coaster; Paul uses the opportunity to kiss up to him. Staffers use Paul's Magic 8 ball to make simple decisions. Is Caitlin attracted to James?



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Episode complete credited cast:
Cody Arens ...
Kid #1
Joshua Clarke ...
Kid #2
Patrick Welsh ...


Mike has to handle both the mayor's aloof attitude about his heartless father's recent death and nonetheless constantly emerging emotions. After Carter declares being tired of serving as everybody's wise oracle, to his dismay Paul's magic ball is generally adopted as alternative decision guidance. After Caitlin gives the wrong signals, James goes all the way hoping he has a chance to seduce her. Written by KGF Vissers

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23 March 2000 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Mayor Randall Winston (Barry Bostwick) faces the death of his father in this episode. The ending features a photo tribute to Bostwick's own father, Bud Bostwick, who died several months before broadcast. See more »


Caitlin Moore: [at the funeral wake for the Mayor's father] How is the Mayor, is he OK?
Mike Flaherty: He was a little rough this morning but I think he's going to pull through.
Mayor Randall M. Winston Jr.: [enters the chapel] I'm sorry everyone, I got stuck in traffic. I guess my dad's not the only late Randall Winston... Haa... oh... tough crowd... Gees who died?
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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The Mayor's father has died-- but it ain't all bad.
10 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, we learn that the Mayor's father has just died and word is spreading through the office. We know from a previous Thanksgiving episode, that the Mayor and his father did not get along well but it still comes as a shock that the Mayor seems to be fine with his father's death. And it is even more bizarre when the Mayor arrives late for his father's funeral wake and starts cracking jokes. It really seems that it does not effect him. But as the story plays out we will learn that it just may hurt the Mayor more than he knows.

Also in this episode, James misinterprets some words by Caitlin and now James thinks that Caitlin is in love with him. The problem is that Caitlin was just being nice but James is the only one not seeing what is going on in their relationship.

This was not a bad episode as the storyline kept the viewers entertained with constant laughs. The story about the Mayor's father was humorous throughout and there was some good lines as James believes that him and Caitlin are a pair. A well acted episode that played out well. Good watch.

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